Nancy Gifford - Photo of the artist - Image courtesy of the artist

Nancy Gifford/ Nancy Gifford

United States

Installation, Painting

www.nancygifford.com

Nancy Gifford
Nancy Gifford
Female
United States
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Inspired by poetry and the world at large, Nancy Gifford is an artist who enjoys using materials in a way they were not meant to be used. Initially driven by an idea that her art needs to be informed by grids and rows of changing color and form, Nancy Gifford managed to break free of the grid and is now recognized for her boundless visual vocabulary. She is heavily influenced by her love for poetry, as explained by Nancy herself: I like to say… painting is the refuge of the failed poet…. What artist would not rather be a poet? Art is so laborious, at least the kind of art I do…

Nancy Gifford - Lament
Nancy Gifford – Lament

Her Road to Art and Inspirations Found Along the Way

Nancy Gifford studied psychology and art at Kent State University, after which she spent the next eight years living abroad. Working as a model allowed young Nancy to leave the farm and become a part of the culture world, meeting numerous filmmakers, dancers, writers, poets, musicians and artists along the way. This experience, combined with the visits to the museums and galleries of Europe, was what shaped Nancy Gifford’s artistic vocabulary. Her mixed-media art career began in Los Angeles in the year of 1980 when Nancy started doing political and environmental work. As for her inspirations, Gifford views the works of Eva Hesse as a vital source – her work helped Nancy realize that using paint is not always a mandatory action. Other influences were Jenny Holzer’s inclusion of text, Joseph Beuys’s pathos, Ann Hamilton’s grace, Marcel Duchamp’s humor, Julian Schnabel’s bits of advice and Anselm Kiefer’s scope.

Nancy Gifford - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be
Nancy Gifford – The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

A Further Look at the Work of Nancy Gifford

My art is primarily narrative. The narrative informs the medium to a great extent. The narrative derives from my own history, from literature and poetry and also from the world at large. This is the way Nancy Gifford explains her art’s style and nature. She tends to work in series, though the series can span many decades and often re-emerge, so no project is truly conclusive. As it was clued at earlier, environmental and political themes seem to present the core of Nancy’s art, at least so far in her career. Technically speaking, repetition plays a big role in her art, a feature that resembles rhythm and is Gifford’s way of paying homage to poetry.

Mainly concerned with repetition and unconventional ways of establishing narratives, the art of Nancy Gifford is one of the most unusual sets of pieces contemporary art has in its arsenal

Nancy Gifford - Silver Lining
Nancy Gifford – Silver Lining

Anarchy Without Chaos

I like to say I love anarchy but hate chaos. This is very true in my art. My thoughts may not be ordered but their execution often is. A very intriguing and clever statement made by the artist herself, this may be the most precise way to define Nancy Gifford’s body of work. In charge of her controlled turmoil, Nancy’s hope is to lift spirits and incite her viewers: Mostly, I hope to inspire… if I can do what I do from where I came… then anyone can… also, I like to provoke a smile when I can. But some messages are just too serious for that…

Nancy Gifford lives and works in Montecito, CA, United States.

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Out of Place, Curator: Ruth EstevezWestmont Museum of Art, Montecito, CAGroup
2017Kew Gardens Film FestivalQueens Museum of Art, Queens, NYGroup
2017Disorderly ConstructArts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2017Stepping Into the UnknownSILO 118, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2017Spring Bouquet of Hot WomenPalm Loft Gallery, Carpinteria, CAGroup
2017White OutSB Center for Art, Science & TechnologyGroup
2016Site Specific Public Art InstallationUniversity of California Santa Barbara LibrarySolo
2016Herd Around the WorldSB Center for Art, Science & TechnologyGroup
2016100 GrandSulivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2015Vital, Curator: Clara EnnisWestmont Museum of Art, Montecito, CAGroup
2015Buddha AbidesCASA Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2015100 GrandSullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2015Gallery ArtistsRobert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2014Requiem for the Bibliophile, Curator: Miki GarciaMuseum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2014From the Collection Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GeorgiaGroup
2014PlayTCSB Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2014Gallery ArtistsRobert Fonatine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2014100 GrandSullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2013Vibrant VisionGibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SCGroup
2013Confluence, Curator: Peter FrankWestmont Museum of Art, Montecito, CAGroup
2013Art Basel SwitzerlandRobert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2013SCOPE Miami Art BaselRobert Fonatine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2013Art Palm BeachRobert Fonatine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2013100 GrandSullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2012Lift, Curator: Howard FoxWestmont Museum of Art, Montecito, CAGroup
2012Art of Pop CultureZimmer Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012SCOPE Art BaselRobert Fonatine Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2012100 GrandSullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2012GiveWallspace Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
20115x5 InvitationalWestmont Museum of Art, Montecito, CAGroup
2011Small ImagesAtkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2011Chain Letter, Curator: Doug HarveyShoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Eating Apples In Paradise, Curator: Miki GarciaMuseum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2011100 GrandSullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2011Incognito, Curator: Richard TookeNaples Museum of Art, Naples, FLGroup
2010Geometric AbstractionSullivan Goss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2010London Art FairKen Closs Fine Art Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2010Small ImagesAtkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2010GreenArt Scrap Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2010Dusk till DawnContemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2009Small ImagesAtkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2008London Art FairKen Closs Fine Art Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2008Have a SeatNaples Art Museum, Naples, FLGroup
2008Gallery ArtistsJonathan Green Gallery, Naples, FLGroup
200846th Annual, Curator: Sam GilliamThe Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FLGroup
2008Up To No GoodBayfront Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
2008Gallery ArtistsJLD Gallery, Naples, FLGroup
2007The London Art FairJagged Art Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2007Gallery ArtistsBarbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2007UndercoverBayfront Gallery, Naples, FLSolo
200745th Annual, Curator: Faith RinggoldThe Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FLGroup
2006The London Art FairJagged Art Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2006Bridge Art FairMiami, FLGroup
2006UndercoverLeft Eye Gallery, Cork St., LondonGroup
2006Gallery ArtistsWalter Wickiser Gallery, Chelsea, NYGroup
2006Gallery ArtistsBarbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2006Emotions on the SurfaceThe Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FLGroup
200621st Century MiniaturesThe Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FLGroup
2005Best of Florida, Curator: Louis GrachosBoca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FLGroup
2005Icons for the Start of a CenturyWalter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2005Brighton Art FairGood Girls Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2005Gallery ArtistsBarbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2005Bad GirlsWynwood Contemporary Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2004The Art of PoliticsAshmore Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2004Ever POP-ularAshmore Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2004The War RoomWynwood Contemporary Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2004UndercoverDebuys Dupont Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2003Art Encounter 2003The Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FLGroup
2002Modern MastersHW Gallery, Naples, FLGroup
2002Art Encounter 2002, Curator: Bonnie ClearwaterThe Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FLGroup
2002RX Art Ball, Curator: Diane BrownNew York, New YorkGroup
2001Cultural ReflectionsNaples Art Museum, Naples, FLGroup
2001Gallery ArtistsHW Gallery, Naples, FLGroup
2000Gallery ArtistsHW Gallery, Naples, FLGroup
2000Art Encounter 2000The Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FLGroup
1991#7 ShowLos Angeles County Museum of ArtGroup
1991Catch a Rising ArtistLos Angeles Arts CouncilGroup
1991Found Object as Art, Curator: George HermesLong Beach Arts CouncilGroup
1991Heal the Bay Surfboard Invitational, Curator: Laddie John DillSanta Monica Arts CouncilGroup
1990Southwest 90, Curator: Henry T. HopkinsMuseum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New MexicoGroup
1990Heal the BayJames Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
1989Eight Annual, Curator: Robert MangoldMuseum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-HudsonGroup
1989Art of the Northeast, Curator: Helaine PosnerSilvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CTGroup
1989Zen StructuresYperifanos Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1988Emerging Artists 1988, Curators: Henry T. Hopkins & Betye SaarRiverside Art Museum, Riverside, CTGroup
1988DownwindSchreiber/Cutler Gallery, Soho New York, NYSolo
1988EleganceCarminel Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1988Art HorizonsGallery 54, Soho New York, NYGroup
1988North Region Sampler, Curator: Kathy ZubiaLos Angeles County Century GallerySolo
1987Fifth Annual, Curators: Richard Oginz & Priscilla Bender ShoreCarnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CAGroup
1987Images '87, Curator: Henry T. HopkinsBowers Museum, Santa Ana , CAGroup
1987Downwind SeriesMerging One Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
1987Reflections on SurvivialThe Woman's Building, Los Angeles, CAGroup
198712th AnnualCreative Arts Center of BurbankGroup
198781st Annual, Curator: Joan HugoLong Beach Arts, Long Beach, CAGroup
1987Metro ArtJerry Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1987Taboo, Curator: Mary Jane JacobRobert's Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1987Women and Their Work, Mayor Bradley AwardWoman's Building City Hall Rotunda, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1987Power, Curator: Mary Jane JacobRobert's Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1987AnnualScarsdake Art Society, Scarsdale, NYGroup
1987Art for PeaceCal Poly University Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CAGroup
1987Arts for a Better WorldSan Francisco State University Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1987Salon Des IndependentsRichard Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1987Gloria DeiCatholic Charities of CaliforniaGroup
1987InvitationalCalifornia Caucus for ArtGroup
1986Group 4Merging One Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
1982GroupLos Angeles County Arts Museum gift shopGroup
1982GroupFree Hand Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1982GroupInner Works Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup